Since Roe v. Wade legalized abortions in our nation in 1973, the unfinished but accepted motto "the right to choose" has prevailed in our courts and as a preferred policy in liberal-voter dominated states.

TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) has clouded the judgment of many since his decision to run for president in 2015. I really can understand why people are so opposed to him being the President of the United States. I don't see how they can argue with many of his policies while in office, but I can see why they can't stand the thought of him in the Oval Office.

The pandemic of COVID-19 that has strained the resources of our land, our hospitals, and almost every other thing in everyday life has also strained the ability to avoid hypocrisy.

For example, Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan has been a staunch supporter of abortion rights going back to her days as a member of Congress.

On March 24, 2020, Whitmer sent out a threatening letter to doctors and healthcare providers in Michigan, warning them that if they prescribe hydroxychloroquine to COVID-19 patients, they could be subject to state evaluations and possible administrative action. It implies suspension of the doctor's license to practice medicine.

She did this three days after President Trump stated some optimism that the drug may – yes, he said may –  be a "game-changer."

Some studies have shown the anti-malaria drug had brought numerous COVID-19 patients back from serious illness to being asymptomatic in just under a week. In fact, the president was following the limited science of COVID-19 in his (almost) measured optimism of the drug. Several nations had recommended the drug in addition to our own Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Epidemiologists from China had passed along data showing hydroxychloroquine's effective record compared to any other known drug in the battle for lives during the pandemic. It had been proven to be effective in other coronaviruses.

Supportive evidence in-vitro (in the glass in laboratories) activity against SARS-CoV, SARS-CoV-2 has again shown great promise as a weapon in the early fight with COVID-19.

Governor Whitmer, in her TDS, has thrown all of her years of work out the window over her irrational response.

"What a woman does with her own body is between her and her doctor," as is the pro-choice golden rule, is disintegrated now and forever. While Governor Whitmer has fought particularly hard to stop any intervention by the government in abortion rights, she has personally found the crack in the dam with her threatening letter to doctors.

An adult woman or man may have come to an agreement with their doctor that the person whose life was at risk due to COVID-19 would have the best chance to survive with hydroxychloroquine. However, the State of Michigan was planning to step right in assume control of the course of action.

All because of her obsessive anti-Trump derangement.

Now, to be fair, she has reversed the decision and, in fact, is now requesting an emergency supply of the drug. It took her five days of severe criticism and condemnation from many political circles in media, in the medical world and in the political realm, but she acquiesced.

So just remember, what a woman does with her own body is between her and her doctor, as long as the Democrats like Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer don't see a problem with what is done. Even if it is just to preserve the life of the patient by offering the best-known medicine.

Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at ken.pittman@townsquaremedia.com. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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